Movie Review: Alice

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I had heard about Syfy doing their take on Alice in Wonderland around the same time that Tim Burton did his take on Alice and Wonderland. I finally had an opportunity to buy and watch Syfy’s Alice. I apologize that this is a movie review instead of a book review, but I thought that you would like to know about this movie in case you had not heard about it.

The movie is Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass completely re-imagined in the present day/future world. Wonderland is now a city of twisted towers and casinos ruled by the Queen of Hearts (Kathy Bates). The White Rabbit, much like the CIA is an organization that works for the Queen of Hearts that abducts people from the real world,oysters, and brings them to Wonderland to gamble at the Queen’s Casino. Once the people are kidnapped they are then sedated and forced to give off only positive emotions while gambling at the casino. These emotions are then harvested into drugs, so that the people of Wonderland can get high.

Alice Hamilton is a girl in her twenties, has been searching for her father who disappeared when she was 10. After her current boyfriend, Jack Chase, attempts to give her a ring and feeling that she it is too soon she tells him that she needs time to think. A little later, she discovers that Jack has slipped her the ring. In hopes, of returning it Alice rushes outside to find Jack only to find herself following a member of the White Rabbit Organization through the looking glass into Wonderland. While in Wonderland Alice meets Hatter, the owner of a Tea Shop and also befriends Charlie, a white knight both of whom intend to free her, her father, and the people of Wonderland from the grip of the Queen of Hearts.  I won’t tell you how the movie ends, but as you may know from Disney or Tim Burton the Queen of Hearts is defeated and all is right with the world , or at least most of it.

I loved the movie. The movie is relatable to real life, but at the same time being fanciful enough that we can run away from the cares of the world if all for a brief moment. The acting is superb and done my mostly actors unknown to people in the United States. I recommend this film if you ever get a chance to watch it, do so.

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